LFA’s first show back from COVID-19 happens on Friday night. From the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, the promotion will crown their new featherweight champion as Justin Gonzales battles Jake Childers. Follow along throughout the night for updates.
Bout 4: Justin Gonzales (10-0) vs. Jake Childers (8-0) (Vacant LFA Featherweight Championship)
Gonzales Crowned New LFA Lightweight Champion
Justin Gonzales became the new LFA Lightweight Champion after stopping Jake Childers in the third round with strikes. The fight saw cardio become a huge factor, as a near-finish second round from Childers had him fatigued for the following rounds.
Childers nearly caught Gonzales on the ground many times, trying for a keylock, rear naked choke and triangle choke. In the next two rounds, Childers took massive damage on the feet as Gonzales landed numerous punches and knees.
“I knew I could keep the pace. I saw him start to break,” admitted Gonzales afterwards.
The fight gave Gonzales his 11th win as a pro, keeping him undefeated. Childers’ eight-fight undefeated record was broken.
“It feels good to keep my 0 against a tough opponent,” said Gonzales in his post-fight interview.
Bout 3: Kassius Kayne (11-6) vs. Maycon Mendonca (8-4) (Welterweight)
Mendonca Wins With Triangle Choke
Maycon Mendonca got his third-straight LFA win in the co-main event, making Kassius Kayne tap out with a triangle choke.
The start of the end in the second round was when Mendonca hurt Kayne with a spinning back kick to the body. Hurt from the kick, Kayne got a takedown. Mendonca slipped in a triangle choke on his back to win.
“I’m born again man. I’m a new man,” said Mendonca after the fight. Before his ongoing winning streak, Mendonca lost his first three fights in the LFA.
Both fighters had different opponents scheduled before, however, they were matched at last minute after Andre Fialho and Tyler Ray were pulled from the card due to COVID-19 contact tracing.
Bout 2: Shawn West (16-10) vs. Boston Salmon (6-3) (Catchweight 150 lbs)
Salmon Gets Returning Win on The Regionals, But Not The Way He Wanted It
A close striking battle had an unfortunate ending, with an illegal knee from Shawn West knocking out Boston Salmon.
The finish came after both fighters got hurt by punches at the same time. Salmon handled the punch worse, going to the ground. Working his way back up but grounded nonetheless, Salmon was kneed in the head by West, knocking him out cold.
Before the official disqualification, there was some debate where West thought he did not do a grounded strike. Upon replay, it did become evident that Salmon was grounded.
The first round was close with both fighters connecting with hard strikes.
The fight was Salmon’s first after a two-fight UFC run that saw him get finished twice in the first round.
Bout 1: Kamuela Kirk (9-3) vs. Bruno Souza (6-1) (Featherweight)
Souza Gets Seventh-Straight Win
Kicking off the card, Bruno Souza got a split decision win over Kamuela Kirk. In an almost purely kickboxing battle, Souza had the edge over Kirk by staying on the outside of the cage, strafing from side to side to avoid punches.
The fight was Kirk’s return after a loss on TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Souza moved his streak of wins to seven with this fight.
Both fighters had their moments where they landed shots that hurt their opponent.